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About the Hub Institutions for Fundamental Research and Human Resource Development

The program aims to promote international-level research and human resource development at the graduate schools selected as the Hub Institutions for educating experts of evidence-based policy making as well as researchers who shall deepen and expand the emerging research field of "science of STI policy." While a transdisciplinary curriculum is provided at each Hub Institution, an effective networking mechanism that enables national systematic human resource development through collaboration among the Institutions shall also be constructed.
The Hub Institutions will educate diverse human resources as leaders of science of STI policy. They are expected to have comprehensive knowledge on science and technology today, work to identify societal problems to be solved, depict a future vision of science and technology, and propose innovation strategies and implement policies for realizing the vision. Also needed are researchers who endeavor to advance science of STI policy, as it still has a long way to completion.
The following qualities are envisioned as leaders of science of STI policy who are trained in the Institutions.
  1. High-level practitioners who work on realizing evidence-based policy making. Drawing on their knowledge of science of STI policy, they will be responsible for actual policy making and policy implementation.
  2. Scientists who work in the research area of science of STI policy. Their role will be to develop and deepen this new research area.
  3. Those who are capable of connecting science of STI policy to natural, human and social sciences. While being experts in specific areas, they will also have a certain level of knowledge and skills in science of STI policy.
3)Institutions and Inter-institutional Network
In order to foster these diverse human resources, this program aims to create a network linking the Hub Institutions and build a systematic structure for research and human resource development through close collaboration. The following two types of hub institutions are established.
Central Institution
Through a comprehensive human resource development program, the Central Institution fosters high-level practitioners who are in charge of policy making and policy implementation, and research personnel responsible for science of STI policy,
The Institution establishes doctoral and master's courses in science of STI policy, which will offer a comprehensive curriculum for obtaining specialized knowledge and skills in the field.
It also plays a central role in the overall collaborative network among the Hub Institutions formed through this program. In cooperation with the Field-Pioneering Hub Institutions, joint programs on science of STI policy will be planned and implemented.
Field Pioneering Hub Institutions
Each of the Field Pioneering Hub Institutions specializes in a certain field related to science of STI policy, and fosters characteristic human resources.
The Institutions establish graduate-level educational programs in science of STI policy (minor, certificate program, course, etc.; with an eye to develop it into an academic major in the future)
In cooperation with the Central Institution, joint programs with other hub institutions on science of STI policy will be planned and implemented.

In this program, collaboration among the Institutions, each of which has its particular strength, will be necessary not only for making effective use of limited resources but also for forming a network among the human resources educated in the program and building the foundation of a community of high-level practitioners and researchers in the future.


Selected Institutions

1)Hub of Institutions
Name of Institution Representative
< Director of Institution >
Concept Outline
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies Institute for Policy Studies
President Takashi Shiraishi
< Vice President Tatsuo Oyama >
We will establish a master's program and doctoral program in the Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy with the aim of fostering HR capable of planning, implementing, evaluating and improving science, technology and innovation policy by leveraging competencies in identifying and understanding social issues and scientific methodologies.
We will guide inter-hub collaboration and promote education and research while providing impetus for development of the academic discipline and community of the Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
2)Field Pioneering Hub Institutions
Name of Institution
(Joint Submitter (JS))
(Representative of JS)
< Director of Institution >
Concept Outline
The University of Tokyo President Junichi Hamada
< Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama, Graduate School of Public Policy >
We will establish an interdepartmental education program within existing postgraduate programs with the aim of developing HR to undertake policymaking and science, technology and innovation research focusing on the fields of public policy and engineering.
We will establish an education program leveraging the university's multidisciplinary strength, and promote interdisciplinary education and research in the humanities and sciences with the aim of fostering HR competent in both policymaking processes and building evidence-based platforms.
Hitotsubashi University President Susumu Yamauchi
< Assoc. Prof. Yaichi Aoshima, Institute of Innovation Research >
We will seek to develop people who can undertake interdisciplinary innovation research with a foundation in social sciences that includes management and economics as well as incorporates knowledge in natural sciences and engineering. We will also seek to develop highly skilled people who can effectively implement R&D management. To achieve these objectives, we will newly establish a doctoral-level certificate course.
Osaka University
Kyoto University
President Toshio Hirano
(President Hiroshi Matsumoto)
< Prof. Tadashi Kobayashi, Center for the Study of Communication-Design >
We will establish a minor specialization as a part of existing master's programs with the aim of developing HR to establish connections between academic disciplines as well as between academics, policy and society with a focus on ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) in science and technology.
We will promote education and research incorporating the needs and characteristics of the Kansai region through cooperation between both universities based on multidisciplinary strength.
Kyushu University President Setsuo Arikawa
< Prof. Akiya Nagata, Graduate School of Economics >
We will establish a specialized course consisting of interdisciplinary postgraduate subjects with the aim of developing HR to bring together relevant fields of expertise and the Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy with a focus on East Asian and regional innovation, and to ultimately develop this course into an academic major.
We will establish the "East Asian Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Education and Research Center" leveraging the strengths of the university's multidisciplinary education and research resources, and to promote education and research characterized by a regional focus.

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